Guide for using buttons in your applications


This guide will show how to use buttons in your applications. See how easy it is to drag and drop buttons onto your forms and connect them to your business logic. Buttons can be modified, styled and even changed at runtime.

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In the Form Editor, drag the Button component from the Pallet onto the form

If the component does not appear in the pallet, it means you do not have the Bootstrap Components package installed. Click "Get more components" at the top of the pallet to open the Servoy Package Manager and install it.

Modifying a Button at Design-Time

Buttons, like all components, have properties which can be modified at design-time to set the appearance and behavior of the component. Select the button in the Form Editor to see a list of properties in the Component Properties Editor. Below are some common properties and how to set them at design-time.

See the reference docs for Button for a complete list of its properties.

Setting the Text

The text displayed on a button can be modified by setting its text property. Most often, this will just be plain text, such as "Submit" or "Cancel". In this case, just enter the value into the editor or directly on the component by double-clicking it. For more options open the Text Property Editor.

Setting a Tooltip message

Buttons, like many components, can display tooltip messages when a user hovers their cursor. Most often, this will just be plain text that describes what will happen on-click. In this case, just enter the value into the editor. For more options open the Text Property Editor.

Remember that text can also be dynamic, data-driven or localized. For more options, you can open edit the text property in the Text Property Editor.

Setting an Image / Font-Icon

Many times, a button will be decorated with an image or font icon. To add an image to your button, edit the imageStyleClass property and choose the image style class of the font icon you wish to use. For example, enter a value of fa fa-user-plus to get a nice "Save" icon.

For more information, please see the Font Icon section of the guide on Styling and Themes.


Like all components, a Button has a button can be styled using themes, variants and raw CSS. To apply any available style class, simply enter one or more space-delimited values for the styleClass property.

For example, styleClass="btn btn-default"

Button Variants

If you are using Variants, then you can easily drag and drop variations of your button onto your form.

Handling Events

Like most components, Buttons have events, which allow you to execute some logic when something happens in the UI. Of course, the most common event for a button is the onAction event, which is triggered when the button is clicked or the user hits the Enter key while the button has focus.

To Handle the event, double-click the value for the onAction property in the Properties Editor. You will see the Method Selection Wizard. You'll have the option select an existing Method or create a new Method. The method will be called when the button's onAction event is fired and the Event object will be passed to it.

 * @param {JSEvent} event
 * @properties={typeid:24,uuid:"A74C281C-00AA-46AA-BB38-500C937F2D1A"}
function onAction(event) {
	// Enter custom code

See the Button reference for comprehensive list of all events

Modifying a Button at Runtime

Buttons, like many components, can be modified at runtime through code. Below are a few examples of controlling a Button from code.

Enabling / Disabling a button

You can easily change the enabled state of a Button at runtime.

function disableButton(){
	elements.myButton.enabled = false;

Hiding/Showing a Button

You can easily change the visible state of a Button at runtime.

function hideButton(){
	elements.myButton.visible = false;

Calling Button API Methods

Like most components, a Button has API methods which can be called from code. Below is an example of common API calls.

Give Keyboard Focus

You can easily give keyboard focus to a button using the requestFocus method.

function focusButton(){

Add CSS Style Class

You can easily add a style class to a button using the addStyleClass method.

function AddStyleClassButton(){

See the Button Reference Docs for a complete list of programmable properties and methods.

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